Älgarnas Trädgård — Framtiden Är Ett Svävande Skepp, Förankrat I Forntiden
(Silence SRSCD 3611, 1971/1995, CD)
by Mike McLatchey, Published 1996-03-01
Swedish ensemble Älgarnas Trädgård in many ways were the Scandinavian equivalent of Pierrot Lunaire and were an incredibly unique and inventive group of musicians. Their sole album released on Silence in 1972 is one of the finest ever released in Sweden. The music is practically unclassifiable, many of the musicians play several instruments, the list of which looks like a mini-dictionary. The styles vary from track to track and often within a track from avant garde to classical to psychedelic to space rock. The Pierrot Lunaire comparison is especially important due to the way they fuse the modern and medieval, that combination of the past and future that even though the album is over 24 years old, still seems cutting edge and relevant. To boot, Silence has given us almost 19 minutes of live bonus material from 1972 in the space rock vein similar to the track "Rings of Saturn" (English translation) showing what must have been a strong early Pink Floyd influence (a la "Careful With That Axe, Eugene"). All this adds up to well over an hour of superbly crafted music and one of the year's best reissues.
Related artist(s): Älgarnas Trädgård
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